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Expect more deputy minister retirements as the pre-2019 transition machine rumbles to life, say insiders

News|By Emily Haws
The PCO clerk will be asking those hovering around retirement age if they can commit to seeing through the post-election craziness, says former PBO Kevin Page.
Feature|By Emily Haws
Frédéric Seppey, chief agricultural negotiator, Steve Verheul, chief NAFTA negotiator, and Paul Halucha, assistant deputy minister of the industry sector at ISED, round out the top three.
The post-cabinet shuffle weeks are a ‘particularly emotionally exhausting time for staff, both personally and also professionally,’ says former Tory staffer Chris McCluskey.
Feature|By Neil Moss
Plus, Conservative MP Peter Van Loan will leave the House next month after more than a decade of public service.
A public figure can use Autopen, a signing machine, to offer the aura of personal touch without actually providing it.
Opinion|Scott Taylor
The feds should bite the bullet and contract General Dynamics to build a light armoured vehicle fleet for the Canadian military instead.
Ontario faces a lot more serious choices on problems affecting millions of its residents than beer prices.
Opinion|By Matt Jeneroux
Taxpayer money is being funnelled to certain private corporations while other businesses struggle. At the same time, we’re failing to properly promote some of our most potential-filled industries, like aerospace.  
News|By Emily Haws
The number of deputy ministers and associate deputy ministers has jumped more than 15 per cent in the last decade, going from 72 in 2008 to 84 this year.
News|By Emily Haws
Ex-NDP MP Peter Ittinuar and policy adviser Peter Williamson are also running for a three-year term at the Inuit group's helm.
Of 51 government bills passed to date, 32 don’t have any reference to how individual Senators voted at any stage in the Senate Chamber.
Feature|By Emily Haws
The top bureaucrats with the task of supporting the new cabinet have been named, and experts say not having to create new departments will make for a smoother transition.
News|By Shruti Shekar
‘He can get into a room with senior politicians and business leaders and convey confidence,’ says Eric Miller, a former senior policy adviser to the embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C.
The percentage of Senators appointed by Justin Trudeau who vote in line with Government Rep. Peter Harder has dipped to 84.2, but Tories say it’s still high enough to question their independence.
June lobbying stats also showed a dip in activity in the Red Chamber that observers said is likely an anomaly with the Senate more relevant than ever.
News|By Beatrice Paez
Allan Rewak, executive director of the Cannabis Canada Council, is urging the government to consider postponing the implementation of the cost-recovery fee until at least a year after legalization.
News|By Shruti Shekar
Three MPs in a week have announced they won’t run in the next election.
Opinion|By Tim Powers
The Trudeau team needs to do some work on itself before it goes back to the people to seek their confidence.
They say the Lobbying Act must change so that the onus to report isn’t only on the lobbyist, but also the government, to improve accountability.
News|By Shruti Shekar
'We should never find ourselves in that situation again,' says Tim McMillan, CEO of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, who chatted with Mr. Morneau about the Trans Mountain Pipeline purchase.
Fearing more Canadian tariffs against other countries, some steel users are hiring lobbyists for the first time.
Feature|By Laura Ryckewaert
Plus, Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has a new interim communications director in her office, as her permanent D. Comms takes maternity leave.
Two former Harper-era staffers have landed consultancy gigs and New Brunswick CBC News reporter Jacques Poitras has a new book coming out.
News|By Neil Moss
With a new U.S. ambassador issuing fewer invitations, according to one ex-embassy employee, and calls for a boycott, this annual highlight of politicos’ social calendars may be a more subdued affair.
In the age of echo chambers and media fragmentation, strategists discuss how the new campaign playbook needs to adapt to reach voters.
For some, their involvement represents a public about-face to their stance on the drug while holding office.
The acrimony after the G7 meeting in Charlevoix drives home the need to expand export horizons.
News|By Neil Moss
Stakeholders say they’re happy with level of federal engagement, but caution against rushing the process.
News|By Jolson Lim
Industry and environmental groups are pushing Environment Minister Catherine McKenna on reforms to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, which Ottawa is carefully reviewing for the first time in 20 years.
News|By Emily Haws
Jody Thomas says she wants to pare down the procurement process to get new equipment quicker. Industry and opposition critics support the idea.
If not, 3,400 workers will find themselves unable to contribute to their public service pension plans this fall.

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